Product programs are educational activities for Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts of Citrus has the Fall Product Program (QSP magazine sale and nuts/candy) and the Cookie Program. These program activities teach the girls how to set goals, plan budgets, handle money and communicate with other people.
The Fall Product Program is a friends and family sale in which girls offer products to friends, neighbors, family members and other close acquaintances. Girls earn recognition items that are cumulative depending on how much product they sell. Each troop earns a profit to use for troop activities, events, and supplies. The council retains a portion of the proceeds to pay for the cost of the products, materials and shipping; the remainder of the funds go to support girl programs.
Selling cookies is a tradition that dates back as early as 1917 when Girl Scouts® began selling home-baked cookies to raise money to help their troop and community. In 1936, Girl Scouts of the USA began licensing cookie bakers. Since then, the selling of Girl Scout Cookies® has grown into a highly successful program that helps girls learn and practice important leadership skills while earning proceeds for their team and council activities.
Girl Scout Cookie activities offer a wonderful opportunity for family adults to help girls learn about goal setting, project planning, communication and teamwork. These are skills that will last a lifetime and it all starts right here. And while girls are learning these very important things, both parents / guardians and their daughters are also having fun and enjoying one another’s company!